Levy Restaurants took a minority stake in Boka Restaurant Group

Levy takes minority stake in Boca Restaurant Group

Strategic partnership could vastly expand Boca’s concepts

Levy, a restaurant company and contract foodservice provider to some of the largest US venues, took a minority stake in Boka Restaurant Group, a chef-driven restaurant group. Levy manages the foodservice at 250 venues, including United Center, Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, Barclays Center, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Crypto.com Arena, Levi’s Stadium, and Dodger Stadium.

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Restaurant chains continue to introduce limited-time menu items...flavors of the fall season

Restaurants leverage fall flavors to boost traffic

Chains like Jack in the Box, Salata, Perkins, Smokey Bones, Caribou Coffee, Dunkin’ cue-up their limited-time lineups

Restaurant chains continue to introduce limited-time menu items that bring out the flavors of the fall season. Following a winning formula to draw in customers with seasonal offerings, restaurant brands are using cinnamon, apples, pumpkin, and brown sugar in new and returning items.

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In the latest set of food trends, Masa goes a long way

Exciting trends for the restaurant kitchen

Evolving flavors, preparations, ingredients quite promising

With all the challenges facing restaurants during and post pandemic, and myriad hot topics to be addressed, chefs and restaurant owners still must allocate time to focus on the hottest culinary trends. After all, style and preparation of food will always be the key to attracting customers. Spices, Caribbean flavors, Masa and plant based-chicken are highly-relevant trends that can boost creative opportunities on the menu.

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Velvet Taco will open a new restaurant in the Memorial City district of Houston in October

Velvet Taco to open in Memorial City district of Houston

Opening is taco-shop chain’s 23rd in Texas

Velvet Taco will open a new restaurant in the Memorial City district of Houston in October. The hip, taco-shop chain’s opening at 10102 Katy Freeway marks its 23rd location in Texas. The brand’s customary painting of Marie Antoinette eating red velvet cake, commissioned by artist Laura Shull, will be on display.

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Macaroni Grill rolled out a Buffalo Chicken Parmesan, Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Sandwich and Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni Grill rolls out Buffalo Chicken Parmesan dishes

Buffalo Chicken Parmesan, Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Sandwich, Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese added to menu

Romano’s Macaroni Grill rolled out a Buffalo Chicken Parmesan, Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Sandwich and Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese. The three zesty Buffalo-inspired takes on classic Italian dishes will remain on the menu for a limited time.

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IRI and The NPD Group found that consumers are responding to rising prices...eating more meals at home and cutting back on restaurant visits

Inflation trims consumer restaurant visits, fuels grocery bargain-hunting

Consumers eating more meals at home despite lower inflation hikes in away-from-home food

Inflation-driven increases in food away-from-home have been nearly six percentage points below food-at-home purchases (7.6% versus 13.1%); however that has not swayed the typical consumer to increase restaurant visits. Food at home is still 3.4 times more than an in-home meal sourced from retail, note Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) and The NPD Group (NPD).

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Wendy’s has created a new design for its stores known as Global Next Gen

Wendy’s redesigns its stores for the future: Global Next Gen

Newly-built + retrofitted restaurants to feature dedicated mobile-order parking, delivery pick-up window, optimized infrastructure

Wendy’s has created a new design for its stores known internally as Global Next Gen. The sleek Wendy’s prototype is built for the future with what it described as next-generation technology. With a much-improved layout, the Wendy’s Global Next Gen standard will focus on convenience, speed and accuracy.

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Dunkin’ revealed its 2022 pumpkin menu, including Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte and pumpkin bakery treats

Dunkin’ 2022 pumpkin menu unveiled, Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew returns

Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte, pumpkin bakery treats, Blood Orange Dunkin’ Refresher, Nutty Pumpkin Coffee on seasonal fall menu

Dunkin’ revealed its Pumpkin for 2022, including Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Pumpkin Spice Signature Latte, pumpkin bakery treats, launching August 17. The Boston-area coffee and bakery chain will also feature Maple Sugar Bacon and introduce Blood Orange Dunkin’ Refresher and Nutty Pumpkin Coffee.

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